he Country Life Show was specially created for active retirement groups. The show takes place in the ‘farmhouse theatre’ with its large, traditional open fireplace and settle, and loft overhead. By candlelight Dolores Crowley, co-founder of the Michael Collins Centre, begins the show with a demonstration on traditional baking methods as she prepares a cake mixture which is then placed in a bastable on the open fire. As the room gradually fills with the mouth-watering smell of the cake as it bakes, a talk on old superstitions begins; this is followed by a session of stories, humorous songs and monologs presented by Tim Crowley, founder of the Michael Collins Centre, and Michael O’Brien, expert guide and all-round entertainer.
A slideshow, is then delivered by Tim Crowley, which traces the history of West Cork from the Bronze Age through to the time of the Irish Civil War; it explores the history of local monasteries, castles, the 1798 Rebellion, the Famine, the 1916 Rising and the story of Michael Collins. Afterwards the cake, cooked on the open fire, is presented to the group to enjoy. Visitors can then take time to view the collection of artefacts, memorabilia and photographs on display in the Michael Collins Centre.
Running time: 1.5hours (excluding time for unloading/loading coach).
Capacity of farmhouse theatre: 50 adults.